Master of Business Administration

General

Program Description

The Master of Business Administration at San Diego State University offers a flexible schedule, hands-on learning experiences, and a full range of specializations, allowing students the opportunity to customize their MBA while getting real-world experience. 

Who hires our MBA graduates?

  • HP
  • SDCCU
  • Bank of America
  • SDGE
  • Among others

#34 Part-Time MBA Program

(Public) #55 Nation, U.S. News & World Report - 2021

#44 Full-Time MBA Program

(Public), #90 National, Bloomberg BusinessWeek - 2018

#17 Entrepreneurship

(Public), #37 Nation, U.S. News & World Report - 2020

Top Veteran-Friendly School

"Best-of-the-Best", U.S. Veterans Magazine - 2020

Business Administration Curriculum

Core (21 units)

  • BA 623: Statistical Analysis
  • BA 624: Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • BA 625: Financial and Management Accounting
  • BA 626: Business Economics
  • BA 627: Marketing
  • BA 628: Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • BA 629: Financial Management

Business Strategy (3 units)

Upon completion of the core courses, all MBA students are required to take a business strategy course, BA 630.

Specializations/Electives (18 units)

All students are required to complete a total of 18 elective units.

Earning an MBA Specialization is optional. Students who wish to specialize in a specific area of study will be required to take a minimum of 12 units (four classes) in their chosen area of emphasis. Students may specialize in only one area of study. For a listing of the specific courses recommended for each of the specializations, please select a specialization below.

MBA Specializations

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Health Services
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Note: Students are responsible to verify prerequisite requirements for the courses they select.

Culminating (3 Units)

Students have the option of completing a thesis or engaging in a business consulting project. Those who wish to partake in the consulting project work on a real-world business challenge for an established company within a group of approximately 4 – 5 students and a faculty advisor.

Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-21)

The total estimated cost of attendance includes tuition expenses for which you are billed, housing expenses, which include food and housing, and transportation, and additional expenses, such as books, supplies, and personal expenses. Costs of attendance are subject to change by the Trustees of the California State University without prior notice. The amounts indicated are the estimated minimum costs required to attend SDSU full time for the 2020–21 academic year (9 months):

Domestic graduate

Tuition Expenses California Residents Nonresidents (Out-of-State)
Basic Tuition and Fees $9,154 $9,154
Nonresident Tuition* $0 $7,128
Living Expenses - -
Estimated Off-Campus Housing and Food† $13,860 $13,860
Additional Expenses‡ - -
Books, Supplies, Transportation, Personal Expenses‡ $4,594 $4,594
Total $27,608 $34,736

*Undergraduate nonresident tuition is based on 15 units each semester at $396 per unit. Graduate nonresident tuition is based on 9 units each semester at $396 per unit.

†Freshmen from outside SDSU's local admission area are required to live on campus for two years. Be sure to review the on-campus food and housing payment schedule on the Rates web page of the Housing and Residential Education website. Your total cost and payments will vary depending on the meal plan and room type (double, single) you request. The cost listed for an upper-division transfer is based on a student living off-campus.

‡Plan for additional expenses that will increase your cost of attendance. For domestic undergraduates, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,969, transportation to be $1,587, and personal expenses to be $1,704. For domestic graduate students, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,969; transportation to be $2,316, and personal expenses to be $1,704. For international freshmen, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $1,587. For international upper-division transfers, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $2,038. For international graduate students, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $2,316.

††Basic tuition and fees for first-time teacher credential students are $8,428. Graduate business students in selected degree programs pay an additional $270 per unit. Doctoral programs have different tuition and fee costs.

International graduate

Tuition Expenses Graduate Programs Graduate Business Programs
Basic Tuition and Fees $9,154 $14,014
Nonresident Tuition* $7,128 $7,128
Living Expenses - -
Estimated Off-Campus Housing and Food† $13,860 $13,860
Additional Expenses‡ - -
Books, Supplies, Transportation‡ $2,149 $2,149
Health Insurance*‡ $1,703 $1,703
Total $33,994 $38,854

*‡Based on one academic year of JCB student health insurance.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

San Diego State University (SDSU), a truly global learning community, is an ideal place to begin your international education. Part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, SDSU is t ... Read More

San Diego State University (SDSU), a truly global learning community, is an ideal place to begin your international education. Part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, SDSU is the third-largest university in the state with an enrollment of more than 35,000 students. We offer 97 bachelor's, 84 masters, and 21 doctoral degree programs. Read less